Highlights of updates across Compass' topic areas:
- Residents of Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, La Crosse, Rochester, and St. Cloud enjoy the best air quality of metros in the state, while residents of the Twin Cities metro typically have the fewest "good" Air Quality Index days.
- Air quality has been on the decline in the Twin Cities metro area since 2013. Back then, 64 percent of days in the metro were rated as having "good" air quality, compared to 50 percent in 2016.
- Of the 20 Minnesota counties that monitored air quality at least half the year in 2016, Cook County topped the list for share of days with "good" air quality. Mille Lacs, Beltrami, and Lake followed close behind. At the other end of the ranking list, Washington and Hennepin posted the smallest shares of "good" days.
- Sixty-three percent of undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota's four-year institutions graduate within six years. There has been an upward trend in the six-year graduation rate at Minnesota's four-year institutions over the last decade, with Minnesota gradually pulling away from the national graduation rate.
- Half of students enrolled in Minnesota's two-year institutions graduate or transfer to another institution within three years. We've seen this rate decline in recent years, from 55 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2014.
- Minnesota and the U.S. were on pace with one another for job recovery coming out of the Great Recession. While job growth remains steady and positive in Minnesota, it has lagged behind the national pace of job growth since 2013.
- A quarter of all Minnesota jobs are in the education and health industry sector. The industry experienced the largest net gain in jobs between 2015 and 2016, followed closely by the professional and business services sector.
- The education and health industry sector composes the largest share of jobs across all Minnesota regions, but the second largest industry sector varies. Not including jobs in farming, the second largest industry sectors are:
- For the second year in a row, the city of Otsego tops the list for year-over-year job growth.
This can be a somewhat volatile measure. For example, North Dakota, which experienced incredibly strong year-over-year job growth for several years, is now at the very bottom of the state ranking list.
- Minnesota's proportion of foreign-born residents working has been increasing since 1990, and now stands at 72 percent. That's lower than the proportion of native-born adults working (77%), but the gap has been narrowing since 1990.
- Proportions of adults working range from 84 percent among Canadian foreign-born residents to 62 percent among Hmong and Somali foreign-born residents.
- Seventeen points separate the shares of male and female foreign-born adults who are working (81% and 63%, respectively). The gender gap in employment has been steady since 1990, but varies by country of origin.
- The proportion of adults working tends to increase the longer foreign-born residents have been in the U.S. Foreign-born adults who have been in the U.S. longer than 10 years are employed at levels statistically equivalent to the native-born population.
- At 67,000 residents, Minnesota’s largest foreign-born population by country of birth is from Mexico.
- Since the 2006-10 period, Minnesota has seen the largest net increases in foreign-born residents who were born in:
- China (+6,000 residents)
- Somalia (+5,200)
- India (+4,900)
- Burma/Myanmar (+3,600)
- Children of foreign-born parent(s) form a sizeable portion of our state’s youngest populations. By age, children of foreign-born parent(s), including both native- and foreign-born children, make up:
- Nineteen percent of Minnesota’s 0-4 year olds
- Twenty percent of 5-9 year olds
- Sixteen percent of 10-14 year olds
- Fourteen percent of 15-19 year olds.
This represents a selection of data updated on the site. Click the links and use the gray breakdown bar to navigate to more new data in each topic area.
Updated June 2017